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The Holidays are almost here, and that means everyone is pushing out their best stuff in time for the shopping blitz.November is going to be a huge month for smartphones, and you’re going to a have a lot of premium choices when it comes to picking one.
In addition to the top phones from the summer, get ready for some key offerings from Motorola, Samsung, and HTC. And with the launch of Ice Cream Sandwich this month, we’re going to see a whole new face for Android.
Keep reading to find out our picks for the top smartphones available this month.
Motorola took a different approach with the Atrix 2. Instead of marketing it as a high-end enterprise device, it's now targeting average consumers.
The Atrix 2 has a larger 4.3-inch touchscreen, Android Gingerbread, and comes at a sweet $100 price.
Price: $200 with a two-year contract from AT&T
At the time of its release, the Infuse 4G seemed like a monster. It has a 4.5-inch screen that's perfect for watching movies on the go. Now we have even larger phones from Samsung, with more on the way. The Infuse almost feels tiny in comparison.
Price: $99.99 with a two-year contract from AT&T
The Photon is Motorola's latest super-powerful 4G smartphone on Sprint. It's very similar to the Motorola Atrix 2, with a bright qHD screen and a dual-core processor. It's also a global phone, meaning it will work on GSM networks overseas.
Most reviews peg the Photon as one of the best Android phones on Sprint right now.
The G2x has gotten stellar reviews, and is now widely considered to be the best phone on T-Mobile. It has a 1 GHz dual-core processor and can record full 1080p HD video.
Price: $99.99 with a two-year contract and mail-in rebate from T-Mobile
Motorola's Droid Bionic is easily one of the most powerful phones on the market, and reviews have been pretty good. The only really bad thing we've read about the Bionic is its Blur skin for Android. From what we understand, it makes the phone a bit clunky to use.
Still, if you're on Verizon and looking for a real beast, this is your best bet.
Price: $299.99 with a two-year contract from Verizon
The Razr is back! This time Motorola turned the Droid Razr into the thinnest smartphone available. (Except for the top part of the phone that sort of bulges out.)
Still, the kevlar-infused Droid Razr was a delight to hold when we tried it at Motorola's big event a few weeks ago. The phone has a 4.3-inch display and access to MotoCast, an iCloud-like file sharing service.
Price: $299.99 with a two-year contract from Verizon (Ships by November 10)
Samsung's Galaxy S II poses the biggest threat to the iPhone right now. It's available on three major U.S. carriers, and packs an impressive dual-core processor and 4G speeds.
Other key specs: 1080p HD video capture, Super AMOLED Plus display, and Android Gingerbread. If you don't want an iPhone, this is probably your most solid and affordable bet.
So why didn't Verizon get the Galaxy S II?
Because it will start carrying Google's new flagship Ice Cream Sandwich phone, the Galaxy Nexus.
The Galaxy Nexus, which is manufactured by Samsung, will be the first phone to run Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Google went with a brand new design for ICS, bringing in a lot of popular design elements from Android Honeycomb.
The phone will have a giant 4.65-inch display, LTE, and an HD screen that can show off 720p HD video.
We have still don't have a solid release date, but Samsung and Google promised it would arrive on Verizon this month.
Price: Unconfirmed, but many speculate $299.99 with a two-year contract from Verizon. Sign up here to be notified when the Galaxy Nexus is available.
Despite the stacked competition, we still think the iPhone is the best smartphone you can buy. Whether you decide to go with last year's iPhone 4 or the new iPhone 4S, you'll still be getting the best Apple has to offer thanks to iOS 5.
You probably know plenty about the iPhone by now, but check out our iPhone 4S review if you're still on the fence.
Price: $99 for the 8 GB iPhone 4, $199 for the 16 GB iPhone 4S, $299 for the 32 GB iPhone 4S, and $399 for the 64 GB iPhone 4S